the handbags come out
Coined 2004, circa March 2nd, by Jeremy St. Louis on the radio show Fox Sports World Report. From women hitting each other with handbags during a catfight; compare earlier handbags, handbags at dawn.
- (Britain, idiomatic, soccer, rare) A row intensifies; a dispute becomes heated.
- 2008, Chris Charles, BBC Sport, 12 May 2008, “Premier League quotes of the season”:
- 2014, Oliver Wheaton, Metro, 26 Jul 2014, “Handbags: Israel has dig at Brazil’s 7-1 World Cup defeat after diplomatic row over Gaza bombing”:
- The handbags have come out after a diplomatic argument between Israel and Brazil got, well, very personal.